Cleaning Venetian Blinds

Posted on March 16th, 2015

Venetian blinds make a good window covering in both a home or an office; however, they can be difficult to clean if you don’t have the right instructions. Blind Inspiration Australia offers the following information on cleaning Venetian blinds. You’ll find we offer methods for both light cleaning and deep cleaning.

Before starting, it is important that if the construction of the blinds is wood or faux wood, that you should likely avoid the use of water or a liquid as both are unsuitable for wooden blinds. Check with the manufacturer of the blinds for cleaning instructions. As water and liquid will wrap the blinds and can cause cracking or peeling, we recommend that homeowners use light cleaning and dusting methods without the use of water.

Light Cleaning

Light cleaning should be regularly done done to help increase the longevity of the blinds and will help to keep deep cleaning to a minimum.

One option in light cleaning your Venetian blinds is to lightly dust the blinds with a feather duster; homeowners should get into the habit of light dusting on a weekly basis. However, the most thorough means to light clean Venetian blinds is to physically dust each slat individually by wiping it with a dry cloth. This also should be done once a week. Slat cleaning products are sold for homeowners that prefer to use custom designed products- an old white sock will work.

If the Venetian blinds have marks or stains or grease on any of the slats, it might be necessary to use a cleaning solution or a small amount of water to clean the surface. Before applying any cleaning solutions or water, check with the manufacturer of the blinds to ensure it is a safe and the best solution. If you are unable to reach the manufacturer, then test the solution on a small sample spot before applying to the slats. Apply the solution or water (in a very small amount) to a dry sock or cloth and test a small area quickly wiping it dry with another clean cloth or sock.

Vacuuming Venetian blinds is another solution for light cleaning and best achieved with the upholstery attachment of the vacuum cleaner.

Deep Cleaning Venetian Blinds

Many homeowners overlook the regular cleaning of their Venetian blinds, and before they know it the blinds are stacked with dirt, debris, grease and dust and a deep cleaning is necessary. Even blinds that are cleaned on a regular basis will require a deep cleaning now and then as dirt will accumulate at hard to get to places.
Before we start our deep cleaning section, we want to once again point out that with wooden Venetian blinds, it is important to check with your manufacturer of the blinds first as typical cleaning methods can damage your blinds, just as water.

Deep Cleaning Your Blinds

To deep clean Venetian blinds, they will have to be taken down from the window. Venetian blinds can be cleaned indoors by placing the in the bathtub. Blind Inspiration Australia suggests using a towel to protect the bottom and sides of the tub from scratching. Fill the tub with enough water to cover the blinds (one blind at a time). Apply a manufacturer recommended cleaning solution for the water. Allow the Venetian blind to soak in the treated water to loosen and lift the dirt, grease, dust and grime from the slats of the blinds, as well as the cords and headrail. If necessary, use a soft brush and gently scrub the slats on both sides. When the blinds appear to be clean, drain the dirty water and rinse the blinds in clean water, allowing them to soak for a short time. You may repeat this step two or three times.

Remove and dry the blinds slat by slat with a dry cloth or towel.

Venetian blinds can also be cleaned outside if they are too big for the tub. The lawn, the driveway or a path can all be used as the surface to clean the blinds, using a garden hose. Lay out a blanket or tarpaulin so the blinds don’t collect dirt. Use a soft brush to gently scrub the slats on both sides. Once clean, rinse the blinds a few times with the water from the garden hose before you dry the slats and other components of the blind.

Whether you deep clean indoors or outdoors, the blind should be hung after cleaning so that air can flow through all the vanes, and it can dry properly, preventing warping and mould growth. Hanging the blind over the shower rail is one mean to help ensure proper drying.

Before you hang the blind back to the window, be sure that the blind is dried thoroughly.

For more information on Venetian blinds or to discuss your window needs, Blind Inspiration Australia is here to assist you. Just call the number below.

Call us at 1300 925 463

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